My watercolor tips and tricks for beginners Part 1

20150225_191829Tip #1

If you are new to drawing  or are intimidated by the idea of a blank space waiting to be filled use a stamp to help you. I used Papertrey ink’ s violets stamp.

Tip #2

I used distress inks to stamp my images on my watercolor paper so that it wouldn’t leave a harsh line. I used dusty concord for the flowers and peeled paint for the leaves. I liked that effect of the outline becoming g part of the painting.

Tip #3

Plan your stamping images out ahead of time. I used a scrap piece of white paper and planned where my images were going to go, so that I didn’t  waste watercolor paper.


I really liked Strathmore watercolor paper. It holds water well. It is inexpensive, but still provides a nice look, especially when  you are just string out like me.

Tip #5

I think the most important thing to have is good brushes. They don’t necessarily have to be super expensive, but  a good brush can really help. The two blue winsor  and newton brushes are the ones I used for this painting. I think the best thing is to try out a few different styles of brushes and see what you like.

Tip #6

I used M. Graham & Co. Paints but there are tons of beautiful watercolor options that work really well for a beginner. I also recommend  a pallette that has lots of wells, so you can mix colors. Watercolor is nice because you can leave your paints on the pallette and just reactivate them with water. This really cuts down on waste if you don’t use the pan style paints. I bought this one at Dick Blick.


Tip #7

Tape you piece down. As you paint your paper will curl and that will affect how the water moves and pools on the paper. I use painter tape and bought an inexpensive foam display board from Michaels. I cut it into slightly larger pieces than my paper so that I had room to tape it down. It provides a stable hard place for me to paint and it is lightweight so I can move it around easily. I like that I can get a large sheet and work on multiple projects by custom cutting it up for what I need.


I’ll continue my tips for the painting process in a new post. I am no expert ,but figured since I am a beginner some of you might have the same questions.

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Bear Thank you

bear thanksI wanted to revisit some beloved stamp sets that I haven’t  used in a while. I am loving the new releases from Lawn Fawn. Their critters are always so cute. So, I pulled out my Love You S’ more set and wanted to use a repeating pattern of the bear.

At first I just used brown ink to stamp the bear repeatedly, but I did not like the way it turned out. It just seemed boring. Instead I embossed the bears with my favorite American Crafts copper embossing powder. It really popped the image on the card. I wanted to highlight one bear so I took a puffy heart sticker I had in my stash and added it to one full size bear. You could easily die cut a hear and emboss it to get that’s a me puffy look if you don’t have a sticker.

These are the supplies I used:

bear thanks suppliesI used the Paper Smooches Chit Chat stamp set for the sentiment.  I added some dots with Sharpies to the “thanks” for a bit more color.

bear thanks close ipI used some scraps to create a frame for the sentiments. I just took my four stamp colors and inked up the parts of the stamps I wanted each color to be. It is not a big deal if the colors aren’t  perfect because they make a pretty ombre/ sunset effect.

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Storage solutions for dies

IMG_20150215_154731I am so happy to be able to start crafting more regularly. My thumb is finally on the mend,and it is easier for me to create posts. I have also been posting some projects on Instagra and I have been able to see the amazing projects of my crafty friends.

First up, is a magnetic sheet storage solution for my metal dies.  I found some thin magnetic sheets from Staples. It comes with 4 sheets for around $10.49. The nice thing is that you can trim them to fit your storage pockets and dies. I trimmed mine with my Fiskars trimmer.







I am so happy with the results. I can arrange my dies the way I need them and they cling well so I can see what I have.

I am using the Avery Elle storage pockets and I have a Brother labeler to label my dies.


I love a great adaptable storage solution. Hope it helps you out! Leave any questions or comments below.

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